Gator News and World Report (1/31/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Team Tebow; Faith, fate carry M&M to Detroit; Humphrey out at least one week; Wilkerson just wants a home; Tebow a natural role model; Prospects play the switching game; Freak injury sidelines Humphrey; Former Gator receiver bucks trend with Seahawks; Meyer to land top recruits at UF; Highly regarded Spiller list Gators as possibility; Recruits getting wrong message; Top-10 wide receiver prospect spurns Gators for Razorbacks and more

Florida Gator Football

Team Tebow
The narrow country blacktop meanders past mobile homes, cow fields and a small church. After a mile and half, a distinct landmark emerges on the left - a Gator helmet sprouting on the end of a wooden post, a mailbox unlike any other along this rural stretch of road north of Highway 90.

Tebow a natural role model
Tim Tebow seems to share a lot in common with his childhood hero, former Florida great Danny Wuerffel.

Prospects play the switching game
Maybe it's something in the water over on Duval Station Road. Or purely coincidence. But the college that gets a commitment next year from Jamire Williams -- First Coast High's top prospect for the class of 2007 -- had better make sure other schools don't start making his phone ring.

Meyer to land top recruits at UF
Urban Meyer didn't stay at Bowling Green or Utah long enough to discover if winning on the field would translate to victories on the recruiting trail.

Highly regarded Spiller lists Gators as possibility
C.J. Spiller, the prized running back who is being pursued by many of the nation's top football programs, announced Monday he is down to three schools, but the clear leader remains Florida State.

Recruits getting wrong message
Let's take a hard look at the football recruiting process. Wednesday is signing day for thousands of players in the United States.

Top-10 wide receiver prospect spurns Gators for Razorbacks
Early this month, the wide receiver position was the least of the UF coaches' worries when it came to their recruiting class. With five players ranked in the top 29 in the nation, according to, the Gators had assembled what was to be quite possibly the greatest collection of talent at the position in a very long time.

Florida Gator Basketball

Humphrey out at least one week
Florida expected to come into tonight's game at Ole Miss with one starter still hobbled. Injury woes compounded Monday. With starting guard Lee Humphrey out at least a week with a separated left shoulder, Florida comes into tonight's nationally televised game against the Rebels thin with just eight scholarship players.

Freak injury sidelines Humphrey
A freak bicycle accident has cost the Florida basketball team its best shooter and defender for at least at week -- and possibly through mid-February.

Humphrey Out With Shoulder Injury
Florida guard Lee Humphrey could miss the next three weeks after separating his left shoulder in a bicycle accident.

Florida's Humphrey out with shoulder injury
Florida guard Lee Humphrey will miss at least two games after separating his left shoulder in a bicycle accident.

Humphrey might miss three weeks
Another pivotal Southeastern Conference week, another key injury for the Florida Gators to overcome. The No. 8 Gators expect junior guard Lee Humphrey to miss at least two games with a separated left shoulder suffered Sunday during a bicycle accident. Coach Billy Donovan said Humphrey, the SEC's leading three-point shooter, will be unavailable tonight at Ole Miss and on Saturday when Kentucky visits the O'Connell Center.

Gators lose Humphrey after freak bicycle spill
Florida senior post player Adrian Moss was in the training room around 5 p.m, Sunday, looking on the Internet at, with teammate Chris Richard.

Injured Humphrey could miss 3 weeks
As a team fielding just nine scholarship players, the No. 8 Gators can't afford injuries, particularly ones to their starting lineup.

Florida Gator Marquand Manuel

Faith, fate carry M&M to Detroit
He wept openly when his team won the NFC title game. Marquand Manuel may do the same when he runs onto Ford Field to play in Super Bowl XL on Sunday.

Florida Gator Brad Wilkerson

Wilkerson just wants a home
It looked as if he was finally settled, one team playing in one city for one whole season. Unpack your bags and settle in.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gator seniors regress in lopsided loss to Georgia
This can't be the 2002-03 season again. Can it? Carolyn Peck seemed to feel that way during the two hours she spent in the O'Connell Center on Sunday afternoon watching Georgia beat Florida by 37 points.

Florida Gator Darrell Jackson

Former Gator receiver bucks trend with Seahawks
There was a red Philadelphia Phillies floppy hat atop Darrell Jackson's head, the start of a Van Dyck beard on his chin and the usual invisible chip on his shoulder.

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